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Things We Love: The Surprising Six-Lined Racerunner

Sometimes, the things we come to love are the things that surprise us. Learning the six-lined racerunner lives in Will County is what made interpretive naturalist Erin Ward fall in love with them.

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In Honor of Arbor Day, 5 Mind-Blowing Facts About Trees

In honor of Arbor Day, here's a look at some of the many reasons we should appreciate trees.

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Nature Curiosity: Where Does Fog Come From?

You woke up to a blanket of fog covering the neighborhood, but where did it come from? 

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Things We Love: Those Magical Mayapples

The blooms of spring wildflowers can be fleeting, and that's certainly true of the mayapple. But what makes this plant all the more special is that its flowers hide under umbrella-like leaves, making them even harder to catch a glimpse of. 

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Quiz: Are You Smart About Blue-Spotted Salamanders?

Test your knowledge with this 10-question quiz.

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Be A Citizen Scientist With The City Nature Challenge

This is the perfect year to participate in the City Nature Challenge, the aim of which is to document the plants and animals around your home. 

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What You Need to Know About Those Invasive and Destructive Gypsy Moths

Not all moths and butterflies should be treasured. Some, like the gypsy moth, are invasive and are harming local habitats. 

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Things We Love: Those Rascally Raccoons

Raccoons have a well-earned reputation for being trash bandits, but they deserve our respect too. 

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Migration Watch: Monarchs Have Made It Into Illinois

We're charting migrations this season and we're excited to see they've made their way to Illinois.

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Things We Love: The Aptly Named Bloodroot

Spring wildflowers are beautiful but fleeting. Keep your eyes trained to the ground when out for a walk to see if you can spot bloodroot, a fascinating ephemeral. 

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Who Will Win The Ultimate Animal Bracket Battle?

After the overwhelming success of our second annual "Tournament of Birds," we're branching out with a new animal bracket pitting two things against each other that people love and love to hate: cute and cuddly animals against creepy crawlies.

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Myth Buster: Lightning Can Strike The Same Place Twice

Lightning can — and will — strike the same place twice, so always head indoors when thunder roars. 

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Things We Love: Those Fiercely Protective Crappies

Spring is spawning season for crappies, which offers an opportunity to get a good look at these fish. 

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Creature Feature: The Secretive Blue-Spotted Salamander

Have you ever seen a blue-spotted salamander? Most people haven't, but they do live in Will County. Finding one is a matter of knowing where to look. 

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What's The Difference?: Fox Snake vs. Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake

Is that snake you saw a dangerous eastern massasauga rattlesnake or a nonvenomous fox snake? If you saw it in Will County, it was a fox snake. The massasauga does not live in Will County. In fact, no venomous snakes do.

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Current Headlines

Summer Paddling Program Launches with New Format


Paddling program participants will be required to bring their own boats, personal flotation devices and paddles due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Coming Up On Facebook Live: Become a Time Traveler with Riverview Tour


The Facebook Live program will feature the history of the Clow family that settled Wheatland Township in the 1800s as well as an in-depth look at the site's barn and homes. 

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